Southern Downs Regional Council unleashed canine fun at the official opening of recent upgrades to the Stanthorpe off-leash dog park on Connor street last week. The 240 metre enclosure includes 1.2 metre high fencing and facilities such as picnic tables, park benches, and dog waste bins and bags. Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Utilities Marika McNichol said she had been a strong advocate for the upgrades over the years and was pleased to see the final result of the work on the off-leash dog park in Stanthorpe. “The off-leash dog park is a social and exercise space for both dogs and their owners. Dog owners will be very happy to have a safe and secure place to let their dogs run and mingle with other canines,” McNichol said. “This is also a great environment for dog owners to catch up with friends and enjoy our region’s great outdoors.”

McNichol reminded dog owners to ensure their dogs were not a nuisance to other dogs and owners and to dispose of droppings in the bins provided when visiting the park. “Always pick up after your dog, and remember to bag it and bin it. You’ll find free waste bags at the park,” she said. McNichol explained that in caring for your dog, it was also important to remember to register your dog with Council and ensure regular worming and vaccinations. The park was funded through the 2018 to 2019 Annual Budget after community members and dog owners lobbied for off-leash facilities during public consultation.

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